Monday, February 27, 2012

What A Day

Today I had to go to the local hospital for a Nuclear Stress Test.  I have known since Wednesday about the test and I can't begin to tell you how much I have dreaded it!  It really wasn't all that bad, nothing like I had imagined!

First a little more info on how the test came about.  Last week I was sick, so sick I decided to go to the Dr.  I also had been suffering from shoulder pain, some shortness of breath, and the sore throat I had was more in my neck...all these symptoms prompted my Dr. to give me an EKG and it showed some small changes from the last EKG I had about 3 years ago....hence the stress test.

I think the word nuclear was more frightening to me than anything else.

As soon as I arrived at  the testing area, they hooked me up to a monitor, a blood pressure cuff and inserted an IV.  After the hook-up I began the treadmill part of the test.  I have PAD and was kind of worried that the treadmill might prove too much, but I was able to do it without very much leg pain .  After my heart reached 150 beats per minute, they gave me a shot of radioactive dye and I stayed on the treadmill a couple of more minutes.  This radio active dye travels all through your bloodstream and into your heart.

After a small breakfast, I went to imaging and pictures were taken to track the radioactive blood.  The pictures took about 23 minutes and then I was given another shot of radioactive dye.  After drinking some liquids, and an hour of rest, more pictures were taken, this time while my heart was at rest. When all the pictures were made, my IV was taken out and I was able to leave.

 My Dr. should have my results in two days and let me know if they found any blockages.

What a way to spend a Monday!

I little bit about PAD:
Peripheral Artery Disease  is a condition of the blood vessels that leads to narrowing of the arteries that supply the legs and feet.   The narrowing of the vessels can limit blood flow and cause damage to nerves and muscles.

Happy Sewing!
Keep a happy heart!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Good-Bye February..Good-Bye GFC

I have been feeling a little sad today.  As of Wednesday, Google Friend Connect will no longer be available for blogs and websites not using the Blogger platform.  I know first hand how hard you must work for every single follower and how much work these people have put into their blogs and websites.  I know some have hundreds and even thousands of Google Friend Connect followers they will be losing.  There is always Google +,  but I am not sure how well it will be able to replace Google Friend Connect.  I am thinking that the Linky app for followers might do a better job then Google+ and that Google may have just shot themselves in the foot(Can't say they don't deserve it if that does turn out to be the case).

Followers are not the only thing affected by the loss of Google Friend Connect.  Many of the give-a-ways are given to blogs and websites according to their rating through GFC(Google friend connect).  This will be an area that will be harder to replace and may affect the livelihood of many of the blog owners.

The blogs and websites that are included in the GFC disconnect are owned by very hard working and highly skilled people and in the end I am sure they will survive and prosper.  

My thoughts are with all of you as you enter into this new era of blogging and I know you will continue to do well.

Happy Sewing!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Meet Me On Monday 2/20/2012

Acting Balanced

It is Monday and I am joining Acting Balanced again for Meet Me On Monday.  It is a bloghop.  If you have a blog you should hook up with us.  It is loads of fun!

The five questions for this week are:

1. What is your favorite kind of soup?
2. What was the last movie you saw in a theater?
3. What is your least favorite TV program?
4. If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it?
5. What 3 places that are on your bucket list to visit?

My answers are:

1.  My favorite soup is cream of potato soup.  I love it!  This reminds me that I haven't had any in a very long time, maybe it is time to whip some up!  YUM

2.  Oh my gosh, I don't go very often,  so I guess it was one of the Transformers movies that I went to see with my grandchildren.  When my kids were young they loved the Transformers and Go Bots cartoons, I have to say the movie was some what of a disappointment to me (old school I guess, I liked the animated versions better) ... but my older grand kids loved it.

3.  I cannot stand shows like Jersey Shore or The Real Housewives of anywhere.  They are unrealistic and a complete waste of time.

4.  If I were to write a book about myself,  the title would have to be.. One Crazy Southern Lady!

5.  I have always wanted to visit Egypt and Israel, but with all the turbulence in that part of the world I guess that will never happen.  I would also love to visit Italy, maybe one day I will be able to travel there.

Hope to see you all next Monday!

Have a great week.
Happy sewing!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

I Love Awards!!

I want to thank Nani, Chronicles of Nani, for honoring me with two awards this week.  Nani has a wonderful blog, she always has something going on and I try to read it everyday.  Her happiness and positive outlook on life come together to create a blog that is a wonderful read,  no matter what the topic!  Please pay her a visit, you will be delighted.

This has been an emotional and busy week for me and I am trying my best to be productive this weekend.  I swear that my dirty laundry must be piled as high as my nose, and the dust is taking over my house for sure, also I still haven't finished the travel bag from the sew along I am participating in (should have been finished Valentine's Day...oops) and I am anxious to get started on a jewelry roll for my daughter and also to start sewing for that new baby granddaughter headed our way! 

My husband had to have a surgery to remove a skin cancer on Thursday.  He felt pretty bad on Friday, but I am happy to report he is feeling much better today.  Hopefully the nasty thing is gone for good and no others will make an appearance!

Although I am busy out the wazoo, I am never too busy to accept awards!  lol

The first award is:

The One Lovely Blog Award  rules are:

1. Link back to the one who gave you this award.

2. Pass the award on to 15 other lovely bloggers.

3. Follow the person who sent it to you.

The second award is:

Kreative Blogger Award Rules:

1. Link back to the one who gave you this award
2. Share 10 random facts about yourself

3. Pass the award on to 6 other people

4. Follow the person’s blog who sent you it

Ten random things about Me:

1.  I love a good thundershower, not a severe thunderstorm, but a good soaking rain with just a tad bit of thunder on a hot summer day really does a great job to relax me.

2.  I have always been a night person, when my children were small that was the time of day (or night) that was "me time".  Now I get up at 4:30 A.M. on work days and find it hard to stay up late even if I am off from work.  I miss those late night sewing fest!

3.  When I was a young mom I thought 50 was ancient, but now that I am 59... I find it is still a very young and productive age...I hope I still feel that way when I am 79!

4.  I have 2 daughters and 3 sons.  It still amazes me everyday how different their personalities are.  How can children raised by the same Mom be so different?  They are all wonderful though, with their own unique beliefs and opinions and I love them all beyond the limits of the universe.

5.  I lost my father when he was 44 years old, I was 19.   I still try to please him in all that I do.  I like to believe he knows that.

6.  When I was a teenager, I had strong opinions about everything, and I made sure everyone knew them!  I still have those strong opinions, but I now do a better job of keeping those to myself! ( well, most of the time!)

7.  I love music!  All kinds of music.  One day I may be into the latest hip hop and the next day may be spent listening to classic country.  If it moves me, I don't care what kind of label it has connected to it.  If the lyrics hit a nerve or the music makes me move, it is my kind of song.  ( this drives my kids crazy!)

8.  I have been know to write a few poems.  Maybe one day I will publish some of them.

9.  I wish I was closer to my extended family.  I have so many wonderful cousins and I wish we had the opportunity to visit more often then we do.  Most of the time we see each other at funerals,  it is always nice to see them, but I would love to have a time just for a fun visit.  I used to have a family reunion every year when my children were young, maybe I will consider having those again.

10.  I look forward to retirement, oh!... how I look forward to retirement!  LOL

Thanks for the Awards Nani!

Happy sewing!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Meet Me On Monday 2/13/2012

Acting Balanced

 It has been awhile since Meet Me On Monday has been active, but Acting Balanced has picked up the ball and I have linked up!  She will be asking 5 questions every Monday and I will answer them here on my blog...So let's get started!

The 5 questions for this week are:

1. Are you planning anything for Valentine's Day?
2. What song automatically popped into your head when you saw this question?
3. What did you have for breakfast today?
4. Where do you keep your keys?
5. Who was your favorite teacher from when you were in school? 

My answers:

1.  We are not really planning anything for Valentine's Day.  I will give my hubby and card and some candy and he will give me flowers. We do that every year,  but  it is Valentine's Day every day at my house.  I have the best husband ever!

2.  "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston.  She has been on my mind all day.  Her death is such a huge loss for everyone that loves music.  She will be missed so very much.

3.  I had link sausages and scrambled eggs.  It was very yummy and was made for me by my wonderful husband!

4.  I keep my keys in my purse.  I always put them in there when I get into the house, and I always know exactly where they are!

5.  My favorite teacher was Mr. Dennard.  He was my  math teacher when I was in junior high.  He was a great teacher.  He had a way of reaching kids and knew how to keep your attention. Not only was he a great teacher, but he was kind and had a wonderful personality.   Sadly he was killed in an auto accident when I was in high school.  I still think of him from time to time.  

Hope you all have a great week, and will meet me here again next Monday!

Happy Sewing!

Heart Filled Heart

Happy valentine's Day!

Today  while I was at Walmart, I found this cute bag with a glittered heart on the front and a satin finished heart on the back and my mind went to the laced hearts I have seen.  I wondered if this would work for one of those cute laced hearts filled with candy hearts.  I think it worked quite well!  Any gift bag would work, there are so many cute bags.  You could also use a bag you already have and draw your own heart, incorporating any decorations that may be on the bag.

I used:

1 Valentine gift bag
hole punch ( I used a regular and decorative punch)
candy hearts
glue for tiny hearts

First I pulled the bottom of the bag apart and cut that section off.

Getting rid of that bottom section makes it easier to handle and you are now able to cut the bag side open and easily cut out the heart. (or draw your own heart on the bag and cut it out)  Cut two hearts, one for the front and one for the back.

Once the back and front are cut out, take the hole punch, regular or decorative, and punch holes, evenly spaced, all along the outside of the hearts, making sure to keep both sides together so the holes line up. In this case I used a decorative punch and saved the little hearts it created each time a hole was made. I will find a use for them later.

At the very top, just below the "v" of the heart I used a regular punch, the decorative one would not reach that far and the holes are necessary for the bow to be made after lacing. I chose a pink decorative ribbon from my stash and looped it through the very bottom hole, this will gave me two lengths of ribbon. one to lace each side and allow for a tied bow at the top of the heart.

Don't forget to add the candy to the inside before lacing the holes on the top of the heart, fill and lace the last two holes. Thread ribbon into the holes at the bottom of the V.  Tie a pretty bow, I used the tiny hearts made from the punch to glue on each end of the ribbon, one on both sides of each end

After the glue is good and dry, trim any ribbon that may be showing around the tiny hearts and voila!

An easy, no sew, heart filled heart even a child can make!

 Happy Valentine's Day!
 Happy Sewing!


Google Friend Connect will be ending in March for all blogs except those on Blogger. It has been a wonderful tool for many bloggers and will leave a huge void. Linky has stepped up to try and fill this void that GFC will be leaving and it seems to be doing quite well. You can join if you are not already a member, it is free and seems to be growing in leaps and bounds. Please follow me and I will return the favor. We need to start building our followers now, before the void has a chance to grow!

Have a great weekend!
Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Sewing For My Baby Girl

I am getting so excited about the new grandbaby that is coming in June!  She is going to be such a wonderful addition to our family and a long awaited extension of  my son!  I can't wait to see her beautiful little face!

I have ordered some patterns to start  sewing for her.   There are so many patterns to choose from, but I love Kwik Sew patterns and I found four that I just had to have!  The Butterick and Mccalls patterns web site  now carries Kwik Sew patterns and if you join the BMV club you get 15% off all patterns even if they are on sale!
Kwik Sew #K3901

I found this darling baby girl outfit. It is perfect for a summer baby. I can't wait to get started on it!  It is sized from 0-3 months all the way up to 18 months and all sizes are encluded!  I think that is a great bargain!  I can just see little Harper wearing it now!  Well, guess I better pick out some fabric first, but I will have it ready and waiting on her when she does get here!  LOL

Kwik Sew #K0102
These little diaper covers are just adorable! I have been wanting to make some of these for a while now, so I can't wait to get started on them! This pattern also includes all sizes.

I chose two blanket patterns, neither really for the blanket, but more for the bear and doll that are included.
Kwik Sew#K2791

This pattern has the bear-blanket.  I just love that little blanket, I hope it turns out as cute as it is in my mental image.  Sometimes that isn't the case, so I will just try my best and see.  I have never made any kind of stuffed animal. (well I did try to make a Care Bear out of some fake fur fabric many years ago and it ended up in the garbage.  I thought I had ruined my machine forever with  all the fuzz!)  Hopefully this project will have better results!

Kwik Sew#K2971

Kwik Sew#K2971

This pattern has some really cute bibs that come with some darling appliques.  The blanket is really cute too, but that little babydoll just called Nana when I was looking at patterns.   Harper needs that babydoll! LOL

Well as you can see I have my sewing cut out for me!(no pun intended)  I am off to check out fabric!  I wish I had a fabric store around the corner that I could run off to and spend hours looking and  feeling of fabric, but those were the good old days, most of my fabric is now purchased online.  Sew off I go to find the perfect fabrics!

Happy Sewing!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Best Laid Plans

I had so many great plans for today.  I had planned on a day of sewing and creating but it seems other things were in store for me.  I woke up this morning with a terrible cold.  I have  done very little except lie around the house feeling pretty sorry for myself!  I hate colds and with this one my left eye and left nostril are constantly pouring hot water!  Miserable is the only word to describe it.  Guess it could be worse, it could be the flu, but I have had my flu shot( have one every year) sure wish they would come up with a cold shot, I would be one of the first in line!  The  fear of "dripping" on my fabric has forced me to put my sewing on hold, plus my patience tends to run short when I feel bad!  I guess I will just post a couple of things going on and some neat things I have found while surfing the net.

My 13 year old grand-daughter has recently changed schools and her new school doesn't have a dress code, the school she left had a strictly enforced dress code so she wasn't able to wear "creative" clothing.  I recently ordered the BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook and it has some really cute things that I think Anna will really like.
I love Burda, I think they have great fashions for teenagers.  I Can't wait to get this book.

How cute are these Pennie Pockets, I found them along with the complete directions on Moda Bake Shop.  

I think these would make a great gift for my children and grandchildren. Make them and fill them with special treats, what a great idea.

Another cute project I found was Heart shaped zippered pouches.  You can find this project plus 20 other great Valentine projects on the All Free Sewing website.  This website also has a free ebook download that has 7 easy Valentine sewing Projects  complete with instructions.  It is really a great website for the beginner or experienced seamstress searching for easy and quick sewing projects!   
 If you do not already have a few Valentine ideas, check out the mentioned websites, you just might find something you like!

Going to go now and either feed my cold or starve my cold, can't remember exactly how that ole saying goes.  Hope you all have a great weekend, with no colds!

Happy Sewing!

Moda Bake Shop

All Free Sewing